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Written by Stu Kushner

Modern Data Centers Rely on Structured Cabling Solutions – Part 1

As digitization progresses, data centers are pressed to meet the demand for greater connectivity. Modern data centers have to provide increased scalability, speed, and efficiency. As a result, fiber optic cable is being installed and their management systems are being deployed more frequently. In addition, the growing implementation of IoT (Internet of Things) is putting unseen pressure upon fixed networks. Similarly, increasing uses of edge computing, content delivery networks, and cloud computing are also making a tremendous impact. Data centers are required to invest in technology so their structured cabling infrastructure remains up to date.

Structured Cabling Strategy


Proper structured cabling requires adhering to technical standards set forth by the TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) and the EIA (Electronic Industries Association). In addition, data centers must develop a strategy for its implementation, considering business and future needs. A sound strategy will save time, effort, and money.


The service life of a structured cabling system runs from seven to 10 years. However,  networking technologies usually evolve multiple times during this period. In order to be future proofed, data centers must design a system that can support emerging applications.


Equipment that generates revenue is prioritized by most data centers. Thus, the availability of space is an important consideration when choosing a fiber management solution. If there is a shortage of space, implementing a solution that requires the least area would be crucial.  However, implementing a high-density solution should not decrease accessibility, performance, or reliability or drive up costs.


A data center structured cabling solution that is very flexible and highly reliable will give operators confidence. They can allocate their precious resources to other aspects of the business which may be in a critical state. In addition, implementing structured cabling that eases MACs (moves, additions, and changes) will minimize the cost of the management of infrastructure.


Part 2 will discuss Data Center Operators, Future Proofing, and Ideal Structured Cabling.


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About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.